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Kristen Bell

Assistant Professor
Law, Law-JD, Philosophy Department
Phone: 541-346-0206
Office: 330D Knight Law School


Kristen Bell is an Assistant Professor at University of Oregon School of Law. She is a graduate of Stanford Law School and earned her PhD in philosophy at UNC-Chapel Hill. She clerked for the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, worked as a Soros Justice Fellow, and was a Senior Liman Fellow and Lecturer at Yale Law School. 


  • The Forgotten Jurisprudence of Parole and State Constitutional Doctrines of Vagueness. Cardozo Law Review (forthcoming 2023)
  • Critical Mercy in Criminal Law. Law and Philosophy (forthcoming 2022)
  • The Recon Approach: A New Direction for Machine Learning in Criminal Law. Berkeley Technology Law Journal, vol. 37 (Spring 2022) (co-author with Jenny Hong, Nick McKeown, and Catalin Voss)
  • A Normative Theory of Parole Grounded in Agency. Philosophical Issues, Volume31, Issue1 (October 2021) Pages 24-40
  • A Stone of Hope: Legal and Empirical Analysis of California Juvenile Lifer Parole Decisions. Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review, vol. 54, 455-548 (2019)
  • A Reparative Approach to Parole Release Decisions, in Rethinking Punishment in the Era of Mass Incarceration (Chris W. Surprenant ed., Routledge 2018)
  • Prisoners as Patients: The Opioid Epidemic, Medication-Assisted Treatment, and the Eighth Amendment, 46 The Journal of Law, Medicine, and Ethics 252 (2018) (co-author with Michael Linden, Sam Marullo, Curtis Bone, and Declan T. Barry)
  • Sentencing Inside Prisons:  Efforts to Reduce Isolating Conditions, UMKC Law Review (2018) (co-author with Judith Resnik)
  • Aiming to Reduce Time-in-Cell: Reports from Correctional Systems on the Numbers of Prisoners in Restricted Housing and on the Potential of Policy Changes to Bring About Reforms, Association of State Correctional Administrators and the Arthur Liman Public Interest Program (2016) (co-author with Liman Center colleagues and students)

Research Interests

Sentencing, parole, juvenile justice, state constitutional law, post-conviction advocacy, philosophy of law, machine learning and law


Criminal Law 

Advanced Appellate Advocacy

Introduction to Criminal Law (undergraduate)

Mercy and the Rule of Law (Inside-Out class with Clark Honors College and UO Prison Education Program)